The Home Office wants to start an experiment with Freslin and Zeeland to give both regional authorities an additional opinion. It will be a novelty in administrative history.
“We love that,” said Anilos Krueskamp, director of administration, finance and territories at the ministry, on Thursday, while presenting an essay on administrative renewal in Leeuwarden.
The Netherlands is teeming with common systems. This has created an administrative layer that cannot be reasonably controlled. Freslin and Zeeland are ideal by scale and in nature to deal with this; Here more tasks can be transferred to the provincial government. This also applies to “The Hague” topics such as housing, energy and peat meadows.
Scientific Essay: This is how it can be done
Professor Caspar van den Berg (Freslin campus) and Dr. Hermann Lillelfelt of University College Roosevelt in Middelburg have written a scholarly essay on the topic titled “That’s Possible”. They said they wanted to throw a stone into the pool.
Supervisory managers Arno Brock and Han Pullman Van Zeeland received the handbook. They were reluctant to implement it. Discussions about structural renewal often end in a gravel pit, warned Fred Feenstra, the Frisian mayor.
“Obviously, we should take a step forward.”
So it was a big surprise to everyone when the director of the ministry, who was present over an internet connection, adopted the plan immediately. Crosskamp said the idea fits with current plans for administrative reform. “It makes sense to take a step forward.”
Crosskamp spoke of an “administrative arrangement” for Frislin and Zeeland. Home affairs take the lead. The ministry will find out what exactly it means if more matters are arranged regionally here.
The dominant culture of good governance
Scholars Van den Berg and Williwelt spoke in their article on “ocean liberation”. They looked at Italy, where important powers were transferred in the late 1970s to a new regional administration. In the northern regions such as Lombardy or Emilia-Romagna, this worked very well, in the southern regions less.
Success has nothing to do with wealth, but everything to do with the prevailing culture of good governance: standards, good networks, and social trust. Van den Berg and Lelieveldt see similarities with Fryslân and Zeeland, in which departmental lines are short and society is interconnected.
The scholars want to free the two provinces “from the maze of administrative arrangements and to give them the same leadership role that the Italian regions gained in the late 1970s.” They say this is not surprising. There are also differences in autonomy between regions in Spain (Catalonia, the Basque Country), as in the United Kingdom (Scotland, Wales).
The new order is woven in conjunction with “Hague instrumental thinking in relation to borders”. In simple words: the ocean is now only slightly different in The Hague. This fuels resentment and creates inequality. More saying in the region can counter that.
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